National Voters Day is celebrated on January 25 of every year. National Voters Day marks the foundation of the Election Commission of India, which was established on 25th January 1950. Voters Day is observed every year to improve the enrolment of young voters and to increase awareness about active participation in the electoral process.
“Voting is the most precious right of every citizen, and we have a moral obligation to ensure the integrity of our voting process.” Hillary Clinton
History of National Voters Day
National Voters Day was started in the year 2011 to mark the foundation day of the Election Commission of India. As the new voters (who attained the age of 18 years) showed less interest in getting enrolled in the electoral process, Dr. Manmohan Singh created this day to deal with this problem. As the level of young voters was low as 20-25% percent, the Election Commission has decided to take up a vigorous step to identify all eligible voters who are 18 years of as of January 1 every year in each of the 8.5 lakh polling stations across the country. These eligible young voters must be enrolled on time and handed over their Electoral Photo Identity Card every January 25. Ambika Soni, Information and Broadcasting Minister, said that adding this initiative will provide a sense of empowerment and pride among the young voters.
On National Voters Day, new voters will be provided with the badge of “Proud to be a voter – Ready to vote.” The slogan “No Voter to be Left Behind” has also been added to increase the focus on inclusiveness further. On this day, National awards will be conferred for excellence, proficiency, and innovation in the election procedures and processes. These national awards will recognize the contribution of the Election machinery, government department/ agency/ PSU, CSO, and media. On National Voters Day 2015, the disability activist Satendra Singh’s RTI caught the Election Commission of India off-guard when they were found violating Supreme Court orders to enfranchise voters with disability.
Themes of National Voters Day
2011 – “Greater Participation for a Stronger Democracy.”
2013 – “Inclusion.”
2015 – “Easy Registration, Easy Correction.”
2016 – “Inclusive and qualitative participation.”
2017 – “Empowering Young and Future Voters.”
2018 – “Assessable Elections.”
2019 – “No Voter to be left behind.”
2020 – “Electoral Literacy for Stronger Democracy.”
2021 – “Making Our Voters Empowered, Vigilant, Safe and Informed.”
2022 – “Electoral Literacy for Stronger Democracy.”
Other Celebrations on December 25
December 25 is also celebrated as
How to Celebrate National Voters Day
The perfect way to celebrate National Voters Day is by promoting awareness among the people about the active participation of young voters in the Electoral Process. In colleges, schools, and higher educational institutions, the “Young Voter Festival” will be conducted as a build-up to NVD. Prizes will be awarded to the winners. The State and district-level winning entries will be showcased on the CEO’s website and YouTube. National Voters Day will be celebrated in schools, colleges,
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